Da'Rick Rogers absent from practice

Tailback Marlin Lane, left, practices handing off the ball during spring practice at Haslam Field on Thursday, March 29, 2012. 
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Tailback Marlin Lane, left, practices handing off the ball during spring practice at Haslam Field on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Absent from practice, Da'Rick Rogers apparently isn't facing any sort of discipline.

But it may not make a difference either way.

According to a report by Panthersville.com, the Tennessee receiver has no plans to return for another workout during spring practice and is set to transfer to Georgia State. After addressing the media on Thursday morning and indicating that Rogers could return as early as the next practice on Saturday, Vols coach Derek Dooley was alerted to the possibility of the junior leaving the Vols for a team on their schedule this fall.

"Nobody has told me that," Dooley said.

The uncertainty extends to the situation facing Rogers even if he's not leaving the Vols after two productive seasons, though Dooley wouldn't address specifics about his status and denied that the first-team All-SEC performer was suspended.

Dooley had previously declined to confirm reports that Rogers missed multiple offseason workouts while suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

"Da'Rick, he's got some things he's got to do internally, and when he does them, he'll be back," Dooley said during his post-practice media conference. "It's kind of an internal, team issue, and it's something he's just got to finish doing some stuff.

"I wouldn't call it anything other than he's got to do some things, and when he does he can come back. When he doesn't, he's not going to be here."

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CoverOrange writes:

"When he doesn't, he's not going to be here"

Sounds like his way out is laid out.

Wished he had done this before Deanthony Arnett left.

heyitsme writes:

If he's a "cancer" to the team, let him go!

CoverOrange writes:

Hey, Austin, can you tell us if Rogers was present Monday-Wednesday? Anything unusual during those practices?

SummittsCourt writes:

I hope this is not true, but if he truly doesn't want to be a Volunteer then it is best for both the team and him to leave.

SignalMtnVol writes:

c'est la vie.

crappieking writes:

Boot him!

onthehill5671 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"When he doesn't, he's not going to be here"

Sounds like his way out is laid out.

Wished he had done this before Deanthony Arnett left.

More Dooley drama. This is kinda like the Janzen saga. Dooley better get some team chemistry, or no doubts he will be in the unemployment line. If he's not all Vol (Da'Rick), then without question let him go.

Orangeblood13 writes:

I got 99 problems, but Da'Rick ain't one.

LibertyVolance writes:

This very well may be good news. This guy has a real problem with the concept of 'Team'. He's been a constant distraction for the players who want to play for UT.

MGVOL22 writes:

Good bye!! I personally am tired of these prima donna players!! Great athlete? Yes...Good receiver? Yes....Bad attitude? Yes = Bye!!

The more players we get like your Eric Berry/Jason Witten/Will Barthomew's ... The better Tennessee will be!

TexasKnoxVol writes:

onthehill- you mentioned dooley better get some team chemistry. Heat and chemistry teaches us the more heat you have the more refined and pure you get. Things like this is exactly what pulls a team and get chemistry together.

allvols4life writes:

If this is true and he wants to go to a school on the schedule for next year, I hope one of our LBs or DBs hit him so hard he wont remember which sideline to go to. I think it is way past time to cut the ties here. He doesn't want to be here, let him go. He wants to be a big fish in a small pond. He obviously doesn't want to become a better player and will become another 5 star dud.

allvols4life writes:

in response to MGVOL22:

Good bye!! I personally am tired of these prima donna players!! Great athlete? Yes...Good receiver? Yes....Bad attitude? Yes = Bye!!

The more players we get like your Eric Berry/Jason Witten/Will Barthomew's ... The better Tennessee will be!

I agree with you 100%!

rockytop311 writes:

its not janzen all over again, janzen i think did want to be here. its bryce brown all over again, complete with the lame excuses from the dooley law firm

1manningfan writes:

Bye!

TennesseeTuxedo writes:

Time to move on and leave Da"rick Rogers behind. He does not understand that a team is only as strong as it's weakest link and that there is no " I" in team.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

I hope he does go to GA State. I hope they send him across the middle on their first offensive play. Then Mr. Lathers can give him a Big Orange welcome back to Knoxville.

slb#1351874 writes:

It is a shame to see a kid with his talent and potential just pi-- this opporunity away by being a dumb butt.
The world owes no one anything except an opporunity and to see this kid flush his opporunity down the drain is sad. But it would appear he has made his choice so I bid you a adios and wish you the best.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Go my son with Orange Blessings.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor not hearing any of this..Witch Doctor say funny no one can confirm anything but all these idiots SURE can comment how hes a cancer..BS. Witch Doctor say if you KNOW something other than girly gossip post it..Witch Doctor say for some guy that lives in Hendersonville/Jackson talk about darricks attitude..really? gossipy women lol
Bones never lie.
Witch Doctor again say...lets watch.

Tru138 writes:

If he does leave, and if he does go to Georgia State, here's to hoping UT's db's shut him down Sept. 8.

1manningfan writes:

Dooley needs to get a grip on this program fast if he wants to be coaching here after next season!

FWBVol writes:

Here's a possible way things could play out. Da'Rick transfers to another BCS school meanning he'l have to sit out a year per NCAA rules, but he never plays at that school because he's eligible to declare for the draft after he's been out of high school for three years. Another possiblity, which would include Georgia State, is he goes to a FCS or D II school and can play right away where he will be a man among boys. Or he could just skip school all together next fall and get ready for the NFL draft in 2013.

Georgia State coach Bill Curry is more old school than Derek Dooley. He's a guy that played for Lombardi and Don Shula. I really can't see Da'Rick's act going over well with Curry.

If Hunter is healthy and the guys coming in live up to their hype we will probably be just fine without Da'Rick. Rogers is a great talent, but he seems to be a bit of a head case that we can do without from a team perspective.

Razzle writes:

Good riddance.

PUL4VOLS writes:

OK we go with it full bore now. If Rodgers is gone, so be it, the Vols go on. It would have been nice if he could have manned up and done the right thing. If he is going to GA State, so be it. We will see how that works out for him. The Vols will be fine, plenty of quality replacements though with less playing time. An attitude like his, leads me to believe this will likely not be the last time we hear from him in a negative way. I hope that is not the case.
Now, it's on with spring ball and getting ready for the fall which will be here before we know it. We have had enough drama in the past two and half years to make Shakespeare's head swim if he was alive today. GO VOLS!

TheFuj writes:

If he does not want to be at UT, then hit the road.
God or not, it is just one more person leaving. From coaches to players it has not been good.
I don't think 1 coach left for a promotion??
Have to see good results this year.

huntined#565710 writes:

Got to think there is a lot more to this then what is being said. Let's wait and see what takes place in the next few HRS-DAYS and see if we get more on this..JMO We need him!!!

kwcoach writes:

in response to onthehill5671:

More Dooley drama. This is kinda like the Janzen saga. Dooley better get some team chemistry, or no doubts he will be in the unemployment line. If he's not all Vol (Da'Rick), then without question let him go.

All this does is point our Dooley's weakness as a leader of this team...you don't let a kid walk out like this and get the spotlight. He will be gone after going 6-6 this year.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor not hearing any of this..Witch Doctor say funny no one can confirm anything but all these idiots SURE can comment how hes a cancer..BS. Witch Doctor say if you KNOW something other than girly gossip post it..Witch Doctor say for some guy that lives in Hendersonville/Jackson talk about darricks attitude..really? gossipy women lol
Bones never lie.
Witch Doctor again say...lets watch.

Doc, looks to me like yu bones is lyin'.

vols2#227315 writes:

Why in the heck did'nt Hart fire Doodley this past season. He is the cancer at UT.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

If any of this is remotely true, then:

1. He’s an idiot! With a veteran O-line, a QB with a cannon, and Hunter all returning, he could pad his stats big-time and head to the NFL next year (possibly first round)
2. I’m tired of the drama surrounding him I don’t want to see any more damage done by him to UT’s image - The arrest, the rumors about him being a factor in Baggett’s departure, his irresponsible twitter posts, and the constant stories surrounding his cancerous effect of team chemistry… all of it has to stop.

I’m not going to be a hypocrite and say I want him to go (nobody likes seeing that kind of talent leave), but if he’s going to be a constant distraction and interfere with team goals, he’s got to go!

TRIPLEOG_V4L writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

I got 99 problems, but Da'Rick ain't one.

BEST POST IVE SEEN!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Doc, looks to me like yu bones is lyin'.

Witch Doctor didnt jump and run around like his hair was on fire last time or the time before(remember?)..turned out to be ALL bs(remember?). Witch Doctor say you all go ahead and dance around..Witch Doctor waiting on the right song.
Bones never lie.

Bubba_Knows writes:

Rogers is an excellent WR and coupled with a healthy Hunter, there is not a better tandem in college football. Spin it anyway you want to spin it. This is terrible news, and if it is true, I'd be willing to bet it will spell the end of Dooley.

Volunista writes:

Dooley should have settled this in 2011, but like he did with Janzen Jackson, let it fester allowing it to impact our spring practice. If the Vols losing all their games at home will result in getting rid of this bargain-basement coach, so be it. As a 30-year season ticket holder, I am fed up with the drama that is Derek Dooley. Bring on Kirby Smart.

mtthw741 writes:

I like Darick on the field. He's a good player. Has potential to be a great player. But I feel like Dooley needs to adopt Cuonzo Martins philosophy "If you don't want to be here then good luck elsewhere". If not he is in danger of losing this team again. But then again he is fighting for his job. Oh well, this behavior kind of reminds me of a girlfriend I once had. All of the drama, threats of leaving and doing this and that. Dump the drama queen and move on!

lyafarre writes:

Sounds like this may be a case of immaturity of some sort... He messed up in some way, was given a clear path to success by the staff to correct it, and it would seem he's not interested in going down that path.
If he's not willing to make whatever sacrifices have been asked of him to rejoin the team, then he likely doesn't have the kind of commitment this team needs from its players. If that's the case, they're better off without him.
Still, it's always tough to say goodbye to a 6'3" 215lb athlete as gifted as Da'Rick....

CCLC writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor didnt jump and run around like his hair was on fire last time or the time before(remember?)..turned out to be ALL bs(remember?). Witch Doctor say you all go ahead and dance around..Witch Doctor waiting on the right song.
Bones never lie.

Tough news. He sounds like Washaun Ealey, who is now a headliner at Jacksonville State.

CCLC writes:

in response to GatorBait88:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Wonder if G State needs a qb too?
;-)

jt45 writes:

According to what I see on Panthersville.com in the article this is only being considered and isn't a done deal yet.

I wish people would get their facts straight before publishing these articles.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

If he leaves I wish him well. College receivers are a dime a dozen.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor not hearing any of this..Witch Doctor say funny no one can confirm anything but all these idiots SURE can comment how hes a cancer..BS. Witch Doctor say if you KNOW something other than girly gossip post it..Witch Doctor say for some guy that lives in Hendersonville/Jackson talk about darricks attitude..really? gossipy women lol
Bones never lie.
Witch Doctor again say...lets watch.

Don't like being called girly, Witchy. If you say it again I'll have to pull your hair and scratch your eyes out, lol!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CCLC:

Tough news. He sounds like Washaun Ealey, who is now a headliner at Jacksonville State.

Witch Doctor just gonna watch this one..Witch Doctor really not even hit anyone for a confirmation. Witch Doctor figured if he missed a practice this would happen..anybody shocked? Witch Doctor also not put it past someone writing a story based on Tweets...we've seen that! lol. Witch Doctor say Dooley wouldnt lie. if he up and quit..we'll know by tomorrow. Witch Doctor say T.O has found out his worth isnt worth him. Witch Doctor believe DR not that dumb. really.
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodberry:

Don't like being called girly, Witchy. If you say it again I'll have to pull your hair and scratch your eyes out, lol!

Witch Doctor call the KNS Admin on you! lol
Bones never lie.

TheVolSnake writes:

D. Rodgers may leave and then again he may not, but when you look at what he will have this year I don’t see him leaving. Bray is healthy, Hunter is healthy. He would get tons of opportunities this year and little or no double teaming like they did when Hunter went down last year, he would have a lot of one on one match ups which I know he can beat 90% of the D. backs one on one. Why would he decide to leave now when all spring practices have started and he would be behind no matter where he went? A complete new offensive scheme and terminology will only hurt him this year; if he was going to leave it would have been at the start of the school Semester which was in Jan.

Now a couple of issues Hart and Dooley have the final say on where he can’t go. We plat GA Tech that in is self would make that team off limits, second we recruit heavily in GA and against GA tech so I don’t see Hart and Dooley allowing this.

A brown leaving that was such big news people forget Brown texted Dooley he was leaving wasn’t a man and went and talked to him about it. He then had issues with his new team and now entered the draft I see him as a 7th round draft at best. Attitude and only having one productive year very few NFL team will take that big of a risk.

When Arnett left he tried the same type of thing when he announced to the press he was leaving and then cried about not being able to go where he wanted to go. When he finally talked to Dooley he was able to go where he wanted. But Dooley did the right thing made him come and explain and talk to him before being allowed to do what he wanted. But prior to the talk the press was crucifying Dooley and afterwards the press didn’t say a thing guess it wasn’t a story of a coach making players act responsible instead of spoiled kids.

So bottom-line it will play out one way or the other, I hope he stays and commits to the team if he leaves I see him following the same path several have taken over the last few years and basically throwing their careers away. I can’t think of one that has left so far and has done anything productive.

Football is a team sport and players need to understand this. If he stays I would bet he would be at least a third or above round draft choice, if he leaves could fall a lot further down or not be drafted at all and throw a education down the drain like several before him did.

MGVOL22 writes:

Again, TRUE Vols are not bigger than the program....Think about it, ever hear any news like this from Eric Berry? Jason Witten? Scott Wells? Will Barthomew? Al Wilson? Peyton Manning? Etc....

Reason you didn't is because they came to play everyday for themselves and TENNESSEE....Not for headlines like Da'Rick....Typical "5 Star" not getting everything he wants like he probably did in high school, blah blah. You get the point or at least you should.

One problem is Tennessee needs a Leader on the team. I played during the 2001 season and I promise you, no one was all about themselves and we had leaders who would put them in their place if they became like that.... hence a #2 national ranking.

I am all VOL and will always stand behind TENNESSEE not these prima donna player!!

Razor784 writes:

Really losing what little respect I had for Dooley over his catering to star players. Good riddance to Rogers now, and a bigger good Riddance to Dooley as soon as soon as the season ends.

gc_scvol writes:

Da'Canna

TheVolSnake writes:

Sorry I had GA Tech I meant GA State.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Would this be considered conduct detrimental to the team?

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